This weekend, the AFC Championship game will be contested between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots. It will be the first time the Jaguars have made an AFC title game appearance since 1999, while this will be the Patriots' seventh appearance in the game in a row.
It's been so long since Jacksonville has been in AFC title game, and they can't contain their excitement. During a speech at EverBank Field, Jaguars' cornerback Jalen Ramsey guaranteed the team would not only defeat New England, but would also become Super Bowl champions.
Ramsey said: “I ain’t got too much to say. But y’all make sure you bring that same energy out here next week AND the week after, We goin’ to the Super Bowl AND we gonna win that b**ch!”
The Patriots quarterback responded to the comments during his weekly radio interview with WEEI in Boston, hitting back at the Jaguars star.
Brady said: “I think what I have learned for a long time is it’s how you play, it’s not what you say. Everyone has different ways of handling things — players do, coaches do. We do what works for us, other players do what works for them.
"The game is going to be decided by who plays the best, not who hypes the best or speaks the best. He’s a really good player. I have watched a ton of film on him. He has a lot of strengths. He’s obviously very confident. That is reflected in how he plays. I am more concerned about how he plays opposed to what he says.
"I have never bought into any of those things. I know what our offense is capable of. We’re going to have to play really well to score points. Again, that just speaks to the hype and us really trying to stay focused on what we need to do. The better we stay focused on the more laser-focused we are on our target, the better I think we will play.”
Considering Brady and the Patriots' experience in the NFL since they've won five Super Bowls with him as their quarterback, you would bank on them to get to the big game again this weekend. If the Jaguars are going to stop that from happening, they're going to have to do something which they have never done before, win in New England.
Since the Jaguars franchise first formed in 1995, they are 0-7 at New England and 0-7 against Brady. However, taking into account how well their defense is playing this season, they have a chance to make history this Sunday.
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